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Augustine! National Theatre Live! Stunt Rock!
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week we’re proud to open Augustine, the newest release from Music Box Films. This engrossing French film is an examination of the real case story and unusual relationship between Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, the pioneering 19th century neurologist, and his star teenage patient. The Hollywood Reporter calls it “[An] absorbingly sensuous period drama from an exciting new French writing/directing talent”.

On Sunday morning is the first installment of MusicEmotion, a new series in which the world’s leading conductors bring classical masterpieces to cinematic life in these unique programs from Europe’s premier symphony. In Program 1: Verdi, the Filarmonica della Scala celebrates the bicentenary of Verdi’s birth with an astounding concert. Tickets on sale now.

On Tuesday evening, all the way from England comes National Theatre Live presents This House. The Telegraph calls this tale of a behind the scenes look at 1970s British Parliament “Funny, touching and cliff-hangingly suspenseful”. Tickets on sale now.

Also, next weekend is the Summer Music Film Festival, presented by the Music Box Theatre, WBEZ Chicago and Sound Opinions! We have a stacked film line-up that includes films about Levon Helm, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, John Fahey, the rise of Napster, two dudes time-travelling in a phone booth, and a blind pinball-playing prodigy. Purchase tickets to individual films or a festival pass now!

We also have another week of screenings for indie hit Fill The Void, a powerful look at the life of a Hassidic family. Weekend midnight screenings include the outrageous Stunt Rick, John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and the ultimate cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show (With live shadowcast! Purchase advance tickets here). Weekend matinees include Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers in the charming musical Shall We Dance, the documentary Somm (A must-see for wine enthusiasts) and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (Purchase advance tickets here).

See you at the movies

Wednesday, June 19th – Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

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Fill the Void

A film by Rama Burshtein starring Hila Feldman, Razia Israeli, Yiftach Klein


Fill the Void tells the story of a Hassidic family from Tel Aviv and their youngest daughter, Shira, who will have to choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty.

“Unfolds in unhurried dramatic terms that come to take on an almost fatalistic force.”
–Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine

Fill the Void tells the story of a Hassidic family from Tel Aviv. Shira, the youngest daughter, is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. It’s her dream-come-true, and Shira feels ready and excited, until her sister, Esther, dies unexpectedly during childbirth. The pain and grief that overwhelm the family postpone Shira’s marriage.

Everything changes when an offer is made to match Yochay — the late Esther‘s husband — to a widow from Belgium. Though Yochay feels it is too soon, he realizes he must eventually marry again, but when the girls’ mother discovers that Yochay may leave the country with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between her daughter and her former son-in-law that forces Shira to choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty.


National Theatre Live presents This House

Biting and energetic, This House has enjoyed two National Theatre sell-out runs.

James Graham’s biting, energetic and critically-acclaimed new play strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves, and on occasion bend the rules, to maneuver a diverse and conflicting chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.

This House

A film by Jeremy Herrin starring Charlie Buckland, Phil Daniels


National Theatre Live is an exciting initiative to broadcast live performances of the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world.

“Funny, touching, and cliff-hangingly suspenseful.”
The Telegraph

It’s 1974 and the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes. In this hung parliament, the ruling party holds on by a thread. Votes are won and lost by one, fist fights erupt in the bars, and ill MPs are hauled in to cast their votes. It’s a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and age-old traditions and allegiances are thrown aside in the struggle for power.



My Little Pony Equestria Girls


My Little Pony Equestria Girls is a brand new full-length feature introducing an exciting new dimension to the incredibly popular My Little Pony brand.

When a crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, Twilight Sparkle pursues the thief into an alternate world where she transforms into a teenage girl who must survive her biggest challenge yet… high school.

With help from her new friends who remind her of Ponyville’s Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, and Fluttershy, she embarks upon a quest to find the crown and change the destiny of these two parallel worlds.



Shall We Dance

A film by Mark Sandrich starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers


Peter (Fred Astaire) is an American dancer working for a Parisian ballet company. He yearns to blend classical ballet with modern jazz dancing, and when Peter sees a photo of famous tapdancer Linda (Ginger Rogers), he gets more than one idea about her. Peter contrives to meet Linda, but she’s less than impressed, as these things tend to go – but that doesn’t stop a publicity stunt announcing their engagement! Featuring music by George and Ira Gershwin.


Stunt Rock

A film by Brian Trenchard-Smith


What’s not to love about a movie starring a bunch of stuntmen who moonlight as rock musicians? Australian stuntman Grant Page accepts a job on an American TV series, where he reunites with old friend and fellow daredevil Curtis Hyde, a man who nowadays performs magic tricks and feats of daring for heavy metal act Sorcery. The two meet some babes writing an article about, what else, musclebound stunt men. Grab your denim vest, your mullet, and your 12-sided die, because hijinks, wild stunts, and hard rock are bound to ensue!


Fri, Jul 8 midnight
Sat, Jul 9 midnight

Escape from New York

A film by John Carpenter starring Kurt Russell, Isaac Hayes, Donald Pleasence


It’s 1997. New York City is a maximum-security prison. Bridges are mined. Rivers are patrolled. The rules are simple: once you go in, you don’t come out.

When Air Force One crash-lands downtown, and the President (Donald Pleasence) is taken hostage by the nefarious “A-Number One!” gang lord The Duke (Isaac Hayes), it falls on Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), one particularly nasty ex-Special Forces and convicted Fed bank robber, to powerglide into Manhattan and get the leader of the free world freed from danger.

Ernest Borgnine, Lee Van Cleef, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau and Season Hubley round out the cast of fugitives out to either assist or assault Snake on his mission.



A film by Jason Wise starring Bo Barrett, Shayn Bjornholm, Dave Cauble


Somm takes you on the ultimate insider’s tour into a world of obsession, hope, and friendship in red, blanc and sometimes rose.

This screening of SOMM is additionally hosted by City Winery Chicago. Rachel Driver Speckan, CS, certified sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and Beverage Director of City Winery, will lead an educational discussion including a blind taste test of three different City Winery wines following the film.

With unprecedented access, Somm takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into a mysterious world – the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam.

Those who have passed have put at risk their personal lives, their well-being, and often their sanity to pull it off. Shrouded in secrecy, access to the Court of Master Sommeliers has always been strictly regulated and cameras have never been allowed anywhere near the exam, until now.



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